Entrance to the Bodleian’s Weston Library | Photograph by John Cairns

1. Read everything before you start

Even if it’s tempting to get stuck into your application straight away, reading ahead will help you plan out what you need to do outside the form itself and avoid common mistakes.

Our full Application Guide is reviewed every year to make sure we’re up to date on the questions…

Standing in the Divinity School | Photograph by Ahmad el-Naggar (MBA)

You can find everything you need to make your postgrad application to Oxford on the University website, from entry requirements to deadlines and documents, but a great postgrad application might start well before you’re ready to submit — even before you choose where you want to apply.

Dr Matt Williams…

“With the collegiate system in place, graduate student life works a bit differently at Oxford than it does at a lot of other universities.

I like to think of the graduate student experience as being divided into three overlapping pieces.

First, there’s your department.

Your department is the hub of your academic life. It’s…

From ‘Cool Your Jets’

Oxford has about 6,800 research students (and counting), each working hard on their own individual contribution to their field.

We talked to some of our DPhil (PhD) students about their research to give you just a taste of what’s possible across the University.

(Is a DPhil the same thing as…

Coding | Photograph by Favour Mandanji Nyikosa (DPhil Engineering Science)

Where do I start?

The very first thing you’re going to be doing is a whole lot of independent research (apt).

Hopefully you’ve already read a few articles in your research area — try looking up the authors to see which departments they’re in. …

Brand new ‘Dr’s waiting to graduate | Photograph by Phil Brooks, Graduate Admissions

What does ‘DPhil’ mean?

‘DPhil’ and ‘PhD’ are both short for exactly the same thing, which is ‘Doctor of Philosophy’. You might see ‘PhD’ used at Oxford as well.

Why does Oxford use a different word for the same thing?

We actually settled on ‘DPhil’ back when it was brand new and first introduced in the UK (at Oxford, 100 years ago) to make it…

Researching in the Weston Library | Photograph by Elizabeth Nyikos (DPhil Music)

Drafting your first research proposal can be intimidating if you’ve never written (or seen) one before. Our grad students and admissions staff have some advice on making a start.

First off: do you even need one?

For some research courses in sciences you’ll join an existing research group so you don’t need to write a full research…

Graduate Study at Oxford

A perspective on masters’, DPhil (PhD) and other graduate courses from Graduate Admissions at the University of Oxford

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